Month: February 2010

Scythe Setsugen GPU Cooler

The Setsugen is a unique GPU cooler that uses only a single extra slot and has a slim 120mm fan next to the GPU core blowing outward through the heatsink body below. We put the Setsugen through an arduous torture test. Can this odd single-fan design tame one of the hottest cards on the market,

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Asus EAH5750 Formula Graphics Card

Our first Radeon HD 5750 sample comes courtesy of Asus in the form of the EAH5750 Formula, a small, midrange graphics card with a rather interesting race-car style heatsink. As the HD 5000 series’ energy efficiency is well-known, the unique cooler has the potential to be fairly quiet.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z & Asus EeeTop ET2203 All-In-One PCs

The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z is a black corporate machine powered by a Core 2 Duo E7600 processor and equipped with a 19″ matte screen. The Asus EeeTop PC ET2203 is a sleeker home system with a 21.6″ glossy screen, a mobile Core 2 Duo T6600 CPU and discrete graphics from ATI. Both mostly succeed.

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Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler

zThe Zalman CNPS10X Flex is a humbler, cheaper version of the CNPS10X Extreme. It lacks the nickel-plating, extravagant fan controller, and stock fan of the Extreme, but has an improved mounting system and steps have been taken to accommodate an extra fan.

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Wireless mouse-in Keyboards from Enermax and Moneual

QWERTY still rules, even with handheld devices, and as long as there’s a computer lurking, a keyboard seems unavoidable. Couch potatoes (and HTPC users) rejoice: Here are two wireless keyboards with integrated mice, designed for relaxed in-lap use.

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ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards

The ATI Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570 are the lowest models in ATI’s HD 5000 family. The 5450 may make a perfect HTPC card, while the 5570 is one step up, hoping to deliver reasonable 3D performance at a reasonable price.

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LogicSupply’s BCM970012 PCIe mini card for 1080p on Intel Atom

Logic Supply offers a Broadcom BCM970012 PCIe mini card that enables any Intel Atom system to play 1080p HD video. We give the card a compare/contrast before/after on a Intel D945GSEJT Atom board, and against two ready-made ION systems from Lenovo and Asus.

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Radeon HD 5750 & HD 5450 Graphics Cards

While the HD 5850, 5870, and 5970 have received many accolades, many budget gamers will likely settle for a more middle-of-the-road card like the reasonably priced HD 5750. For the HTPC crowd there is the new HD 5450, the lowest ranking member of the HD 5000 family.

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Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler

Two-fan coolers have popped up here and there, but the NH-D14 is exceptional in being the flagship model of a manufacturer that specializes only in high performance CPU heatsinks. We sink our teeth deeply into this big feast from Noctua.

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Asus P7H55D-M EVO LGA1156 microATX Motherboard

Based on the mainstream Intel H55 chipset, the Asus P7H55D-M EVO has premium features like eSATA, FireWire, and USB 3.0 powered by NEC controller. It also has a tweak-friendly BIOS, making it a more versatile platform for Clarkdale than Intel’s DH55TC.

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